Fire Tax “unnecessary” says HJTA President Jon Coupal

The president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association told City News Service he thought it would be tough to pass the ballot measure, which he characterized as a “very unnecessary tax” given that the county’s property tax revenues are already up by more than 6%.

“Voters are getting pretty tired,” Jon Coupal said, pointing to high state income tax, sales tax and gas tax rates. “Even though this involves public safety … I think voters are going to look at this very skeptically.”

The county’s tax roll grew by $94.4 billion in 2019, raising roughly $1 billion more for county programs, according to a statement issued by County Assessor Jeffrey Prang in July.

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